Boomkat Product Review:
Planet Mu come seriously correct with this utterly essential retrospective of the underappreciated, but inestimable talents of Terror Danjah. Collecting his work between 2003-2009, this album gives much needed praise and credence to an artist who already has it in in spades from the Grime cognoscenti, but until now has remained largely unnoticed by the electronic and wider dance music communities. Over this period he's accrued a killer catalogue of productions for Shola Ama, Wiley, Skepta, Nasty Crew and Shystie, besides just about everyone else in the grime game, with his well oiled rhythmic machinations just about defining the grime style by providing loose but complex syncopations to incite MC flows. Working with a pared down palette of signature sounds, from the cheeky gremlinz that give this collection it's title, to the purple synths that would influence Joker, Gemmy and co, Terror Danjah has taken garage and the UK styles before it, and reworked them to his own hyperfunked specifications, surely ranking alongside Wiley and his Devil mixes as one of the foremost rhythm pioneers of this century. The febrile Afr-obotic tribalism of 'Green Street' is simply mindblowing, while on 'Radar' he indulges properly abstract tendencies with shockingly weird results. On 'Planet Shock' he draws a direct lineage between the innovation of 80's NYC and the UK's own raw underground, stamping his signature edits all over the joint, or on the classic 'Zumpi Hunter' swerves between micro-edited synth funk and muscle twitching rhythm chops with immeasurable confidence. For anyone following the ever-morphing patterns of UK urban music and the hardcore 'nuum, this collection is beyond indispensable.